In The News:
Regional Roundup of the News The following are links to a selection of transportation-related articles published recently by newspapers in the northern New Jersey region. This page is updated on at least a bi-weekly basis. Please note that links on this page may expire or be unreliable due to changes made by host newspapers.
NJ Transit OKs $4M contract for Penn Station design work
NJBiz.com, 5/14/2020 - The New Jersey Transit board of directors on Wednesday authorized a $4.1 million contract with FX Collaborative Architects of New York for preliminary design, engineering and construction assistance of the Central Concourse Extension at Penn Station New York (PSNY), which will provide additional customer access to tracks.
Second coronavirus testing site opens for NJ Transit employees at Rowan University
NorthJersey.com, 5/12/2020 — A week after the agency announced employees could sign up for appointments at the East Rutherford testing site, agency officials announced adding a second site at Rowan University in Gloucester County. At least 345 employees signed up for appointments, which are required, at the East Rutherford site as of last Thursday.
Lakeland Bus Lines to resume service for Morris County commuters
NorthJersey.com, 5/11/2020 - As states begin to relax shutdown orders and workers continue to commute to essential jobs, a commuter bus line has announced it will return service to the Morris County and western Essex County area, but under a reduced timetable.
MVC adds online services
NJToday.net, 5/11/2020 — The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission today announced it has added to its growing offering of web-based transactions, expanding the types of vehicles eligible for online registration renewals and replacements.
Consultants Look to Modernize Jersey City Parking NJTPA Mention
Jersey City Times, 5/6/20 — Parking in Jersey City may never be the same. That is if a team of consultants hired by the city has anything to say about it. In an hour-long presentation before a virtual caucus meeting of the municipal council, the consultants laid out a detailed proposal for bringing Jersey City’s parking rules into the 21st
Complete and Green Streets for All NJTPA Mention
NJ Municipalities, 4/30/20 - Complete streets are designed for all users, all modes of transportation and all ability levels. They balance the needs of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, emergency responders, and goods movement based on the local context.
I-78 express lane closures set for this week postponed
TapInto.net, 4/28/2020 - TRENTON, NJ — The closure of the I-78 express lanes scheduled for this week in Union and Essex Counties has been postponed due to weather, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced today.
NJ airports set for $160M in federal relief
NJBiz,com, 4/16/2020 - Airports around New Jersey will receive federal aid as some facilities report that passenger counts are down by as much as 99 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hackensack seeks resident input about Demarest Place to create an ART Walk NJTPA MENTION
TAP into Hackensack, 4/14/2020 — As the city’s downtown continues its transformation into a retail and residential destination with the myriad of high-end apartment complexes currently under construction, the City of Hackensack and the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation are working with Together North Jersey to develop a plan to redesign Demarest Place into an ART Walk that will connect to it from the Hackensack Bus Terminal.
NJ DOT receives bridge project funds
TransportationTodayNews.com, 4/13/2020 - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials said the agency has been awarded $47.3 million in grant funding for statewide bridge maintenance projects via the Local Bridges Fund.
Sales of electric vehicles expected to drop 43 percent in 2020
TransportationTodayNews.com, 4/13/2020 - A COVID-19 pandemic, potential delays to fleet purchasing due to lower oil pricing and a wait-and-see approach to buying new cars, will all contribute to sales of EVs dropping to 1.3 million in 2020, down from 2.2 million in 2019.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle offices closed until April 27
NJToday.net - 4/13/2020 - New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton announced that the closure of all New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agency, road testing, and inspections facilities is being extended as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
A conundrum for New Yorkers: Social distancing in the subway
Associated Press, 4/10/20 - They let trains that look too crowded pass by. If they decide to board, they search for emptier cars to ride in. Then they size up fellow passengers before picking the safest spot they can find to sit or stand for commutes sometimes lasting an hour or more.
Amtrak CARES Act Appropriation: $1.02B
RailwayAge.com, 4/10/2020 - The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is making more than $1 billion under the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act available to Amtrak “to support the railroad’s activities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the spread of COVID-19) in the U.S. and its impacts on operations and business.”
Experts Stress Partnerships as COVID-19 Disrupts Supply Chain NJTPA Mention
Transportation Topics, 4/9/20 - Transportation agencies and planners should rely on communication and partnerships as they respond to immediate needs and assess long-term effects associated with the coronavirus. That was the assessment by Anne Strauss-Wieder, director of freight planning for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
Gas Prices Dip Below $2 Per Gallon, Cheapest in NJ since 2016
TapInto.com, 4/1/2020 - HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Three gas stations along Route 206 less than two miles apart proclaim the good news on their electronic stanchion signs - gasoline prices in New Jersey have dipped below $2 per gallon for the first time since November, 2016, when the state's 23-cent per gallon Transportation Trust Fund tax went into effect.
NJ Transit adjusts weekday bus schedule
NJBiz, 3/30/2020 - New Jersey Transit said that as of March 30, it is adjusting its weekday bus service to a special schedule to accommodate essential travel due to the decline in ridership related to COVID-19.
Coronavirus: New Jersey's MVC will remain closed into April
NorthJersey.com, 3/27/2020 - NorthJersey.com, 3/27/2020 - Though officials originally announced that the Motor Vehicle Commission would be closed through March 30, that was extended into April on Friday in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Funds to aid New Jersey rail transportation network
TransportationTodayNews.com, 3/24/2020 - The 13 grants via the agency’s FY2020 Rail Freight Assistance Program aid in supporting economic activity by preserving and improving the existing freight transportation system while making freight rail service more widely available for businesses throughout the state.
Truck Stops, Travel Centers Open During Coronavirus Crisis
Transport Topics, 3/19/20 - Transport Topics, 3/19/20 - Most travel centers and truck stops nationwide are remaining open during the coronavirus pandemic but operate with restrictions ranging from disallowing sit-down food service to practicing social-distancing precautions.
West Orange will receive complete streets assistance NJTPA Mention
EssexNewsDaily, 3/15/2020- EWING, NJ — Eight municipalities will receive up to $10,000 in technical assistance for complete streets projects ranging from workshops on walkability to bicycle network plans, conceptual designs and safety assessments, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority recently announced..
Commuters seeing empty trains as ridership drops amid coronavirus spread
NJ.com, 3/12/20 - Commuter buses, trains and parking lots are starting to empty this week as fears of being exposed to the coronavirus have prompted employers to encourage workers to work from home, and colleges have moved classes online so people can avoid crowds and possible exposure.
Newark Council OKs Transit Village Proposal For 'Four Corners'
Patch, 3/12/20 - The intersection of Broad and Market Street, also known as the "Four Corners," is one of the busiest in Newark. Early maps of Newark from the 1660s show that the city was founded around the intersection. In more recent times, it's been the setting for major motion pictures like "Joker."
FRA issues environmental assessment for Sawtooth Bridge replacement project
NJBiz.com, 3/5/2020 - The Federal Railroad Administration released an Environmental Assessment on Wednesday for the Sawtooth Bridge Replacement Project in New Jersey, advancing a key Gateway Program project that will increase capacity and reliability for Amtrak passengers and New Jersey Transit commuters on the Northeast Corridor.
Administration deals another blow to Gateway Tunnel
NJ.com, 3/5/2020 - WASHINGTON — The Trump administration placed a new roadblock in front of the Gateway Tunnel Wednesday when Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said that a required environmental impact statement won’t be coming any time soon.
Technical Assistance Award Received for ART Walk NJTPA Mention
Patch.com, 3/2/2020 - The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) is partnering with the City of Hackensack and the Together New Jersey (TNJ) consortium to develop a plan for converting the downtown Demarest Place pedestrian walkway into an ART Walk.
I-80 ‘cave’ poses no short-term safety concerns
New Jersery Herald, 2/28/20 - The “cave” under part of Interstate 80 in the Delaware Water Gap “poses no short-term safety concerns at this time, but the condition does need repair,” according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Here's how much this mild winter is saving NJ in snow removal
NJ.com, 2/24/2020 - The lack of major snow and ice storms this winter is translating to a big fat “ka-ching” for agencies such as the state Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority when compared to the same period in 2019.
$144M in federal funding to revitalize NJ neighborhoods
NJBIZ.com, 2/18/20 - U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, both Democrats, on Tuesday announced the awarding of more than $144 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development to support the revitalization of communities across New Jersey.
New faces on NJ Transit board confront commuter outrage
NJTV, 2/13/20 - In its first monthly meeting since being reinforced with new members, the board that oversees NJ Transit received a warm welcome and a cold reminder of the magnitude of the task that lies ahead in reforming the state’s troubled mass transit system.
Murphy clarifies electric vehicle rebate eligibility
NJBiz.com, 2/11/2020 - The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has engaged the Center for Sustainable Energy to assist in developing and administering New Jersey’s electric vehicle incentive program, including full application details. Additional information regarding how to receive the rebate will be provided as the program is developed.
Sweeney to introduce amendment guaranteeing NJ Transit funding
NJBiz.com, 2/11/2020 - Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he plans to unveil a constitutionally dedicated source of funding for New Jersey Transit, one of the first major proposals from legislative leadership under the Murphy administration to bolster the agency’s finances.
Hillsborough Lawmaker Proposes Immediate EZ-Pass Receipts
TapINto.net, 3/3/2020 - TRENTON, NJ – Thousands of commuters travel through E-ZPass toll booths daily. Aiming to ensure residents are notified expeditiously of an overcharge on their account, Assemblymen Roy Freiman, a Hillsborough resident, and Daniel Benson are sponsors of legislation that would immediately notify customers of a toll fee.
Bergenfield and Fair Lawn boosting pedestrian safety NJTPA Mention
NorthJersey.com, 2/3/20 - Flashing beacons, speed radars and striped crosswalks are some of the improvements coming to Fair Lawn and Bergenfield, a result of $50,000 pedestrian safety grants the two towns received.
State Auditor Issues Report Sharply Critical of NJ Transit
NJSpotlight.com, 2/3/20 - A new audit of NJ Transit’s rail operations echoes previous dim assessments of the state’s chief mass transit system, showing it to be behind schedule and over budget on an important safety initiative and beset by delayed and canceled trains, many of them due to preventable causes.
Murphy PACT looks to energize state’s response to climate change
NJBIZ.com, 1/27/20 - On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 100, directing the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to make sweeping regulatory reforms, branded as Protecting Against Climate Threats (PACT), to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change.
United Airlines, PANYNJ plan upgrades for Newark Airport restrooms
United Airlines, PANYNJ plan upgrades for Newark Airport restrooms
NJBiz.com, 1/23/2020 - The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is investing $19 million and United Airlines is ponying up another $25 million to modernize restroom facilities at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Murphy cool on permanent revenue source for NJ Transit
NJBiz.com, 1/23/2020 - While legislative leaders and public transportation advocates have lined up behind an effort to establish a dedicated and recurring source of revenue for New Jersey Transit, Gov. Phil Murphy playing it close to the vest on the concept.
Sarnoski Joins NJTPA Executive Board NJTPA Mention
Inside Warren, 1/21/20 - Warren County Freeholder Jason J. Sarnoski was elected Secretary of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), a key post on the Executive Board, at its January 13 Board of Trustees meeting.
United introduces hourly shuttle service from Newark to DC
NJBiz.com, 1/17/20 - United says it will operate the world’s only two-cabin, 50-seat regional aircraft – the Bombardier CRJ-550 – on most flights. The airline says tickets for the 13 daily flights will be available for purchase beginning Jan. 18 and that service starts on March 29.
Hillsborough Gets $500,000 to Help Ease Route 206 Truck Traffic
Tapinto.net, 1/16/20 - TRENTON, NJ - State Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) announced Thursday that Hillsborough will be receiving $500,000 from the state after Gov. Phil Murphy released $121 million in earmarked state funds that had been frozen in the summer, as a safeguard against tax collections falling short.
The Bridge to and From Paradise: LBI, That Is
Tapinto.net - 1/16/20 - Depending on who you talk to, the bridge going from the mainland to LBI has a few names. Some call it the Causeway, although it is formally known as the Dorland J. Henderson Memorial Bridge. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has another label for the seemingly endless bridge construction. The various aspects of the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project aren’t scheduled to conclude until 2024.
Top transit expert nominated to NJ Transit’s board of directors
NJ.com, 1/15/20 - Gov. Phil Murphy made two more nominations to NJ Transit’s board of directors this week, NJ Advance Media has learned. One would seat a transit expert and Raritan Valley Line rider and the other repeats an earlier nomination of a Democratic official who worked on his campaign.
NJ Transit to conduct study on Raritan Valley/NYC one-seat rail service
NJBiz.com, 1/13/20 - The report will be required to include findings concerning why service was initially suspended, historical and expected ridership for the direct rail service to New York City; action that NJ Transit would be required to take in order to provide the service; the amount of time those actions are expected to take; the cost to provide the service; and any factors that may delay or increase the cost of providing the service.
NJ Congressman's Plans for a 'Clean Economoy' by 2050
NJ 101.5, 1/13/20 - The window for limiting catastrophic climate-related disasters is closing, federal lawmakers say. So members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, have a plan to get the United States to a "100% clean economy" in the next 30 years.
Route 18 Signs Now Point To Paul Robeson Boulevard
Tapinto.net, 1/10/20 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has replaced signage along Route 18 to reflect the city's renaming of Commercial Avenue in honor of actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson.
NY Waterway rents boats to bring ferry service back to normal
NJ.com, 1/10/20 - NY Waterway officials said they have enough vessels operating to run regularly scheduled ferry service after a week’s work of mechanical problems and other issues that resulted in fewer boats to provide regularly scheduled service.
NJDOT commissioner elected to IBTTA board
NJBIZ, 1/8/2020 — The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association elected New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti as its second vice president, the organization announced Wednesday.
NJ May Require High-Hazard Trains to Disclose Routes, Contents
NJ 101.5, 1/8/20 - Legislation imposing new requirements on high-hazard trains traveling through New Jersey, including online disclosure of their routes and contents and consequences of a possible spill, is scheduled for final approval in a Monday vote.
Amtrak, NJ Transit invest $7.2M to upgrade NY Penn Station
NJBiz.com, 1/7/20 - Amtrak and New Jersey Transit are investing $7.2 million in a project that began Jan. 7 with a refresh of the Amtrak Concourse ticketed waiting area at New York Penn Station on the Upper Level and 8th Avenue side
Route 206 Bypass Project on Schedule for Completion in 2020
TapInto.net, 1/5/20 - HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mayor Doug Tomson, township residents and motorists who have to wrestle with chronic the congestion on Route 206 are looking forward to the end of the year, by which time the long-awaited 4-mile Route 206 Bypass is expected to open...